Welcome to Open ARMMS
Open ARMMS Inc. is an outpatient opioid treatment program located in Waldorf, MD and serves the Greater Maryland area and Washington, DC. We are located off of Crain Highway and have been treating the seemingly endless cycle of narcotic addiction in the Tri-County region of Southern Maryland since the early 1990’s.
Our office accepts Maryland Medicaid for our Suboxone and Methadone Medication Management Programs
Our office accepts Medicare for our Suboxone and Methadone Medication Management Programs
Methadone belongs to a group of drugs known as opioids. It was created by German doctors during World War II. It was first used by doctors to treat extreme pain. You might get it today as part of a treatment plan for an addiction to heroin, or narcotic painkillers. Methadone is safer than other narcotics. Your doctor should be on the alert while you are taking it. It can cause addiction and abuse.
Methadone alters the way your brain and nervous system react to pain, so you feel relief. Methadone’s effects are less powerful than those of strong painkillers such as morphine. Methadone may be prescribed by your doctor if you are experiencing severe pain due to an injury, surgery or long-term illness. It blocks the effects of drugs such as codeine and heroin, hydrocodone and morphine, as well as highs from other drugs, like oxycodone. You may experience a similar sensation and it can prevent you from experiencing withdrawal symptoms or cravings. This is sometimes called replacement therapy.
Your doctor will prescribe methadone for you if it is necessary for your pain. A special program will provide you with methadone for addiction. Methadone is available in liquid, tablet, and powder forms. To get Methadone, you must have a prescription. Your provider will recommend the right dose for you. They may also change the dose. Talk to your doctor about how you feel after you have used it. Talk to your doctor before you stop using methadone. Follow all dosage instructions. If you are prescribed tablets that can be dispersed, dissolve the entire tablet in liquid (usually water and citrus-flavored drinks), and then drink the whole thing. Methadone should be used for at least one year by people taking it to treat addiction. Your doctor will assist you in stopping methadone slowly so that withdrawal is not an issue.
Suboxone is a brand name for a prescription drug that is used to treat opioid addiction. Suboxone contains two components: the opioid buprenorphine, and the medication Naloxone. These two ingredients work together to reduce the desire for addictive opioids like heroin, codeine and fentanyl. Suboxone must only be prescribed by a Suboxone Clinic.
Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction. They may continue to take the medication for withdrawal and craving control as they go through rehab and therapy. Suboxone is not intended to be a treatment for opioid addiction but it can help with the recovery process.
Suboxone, which is a Schedule III controlled drug in the United States, has been classified as such. This means that it has moderate addiction risks and medical value. Suboxone can only be prescribed by a Suboxone Clinic with certification from the Department of Health and Human Services. The medication comes in the form of tablets and dissolvable films.
Addiction Treatment often consists of both individual and group therapy sessions. These sessions are designed to teach people in recovery how to stay sober and how to handle different situations without resorting to drugs and alcohol. The most common type of addiction treatment that is used in substance rehab is behavioral therapy. The general approach to behavioral therapy has been modified into many effective methods. These include:
(MAT) is the use of Methadone or Suboxone medication in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders. A combination of medication and behavioral therapies is effective in the treatment of substance use disorders and can help some people to sustain recovery.
Integrated treatment planning that includes substance use screening and treatment is key to providing better health outcomes in integrated care.
A methadone clinic is where those suffering from opioid addiction can seek treatment. They will be able to get medication to help them on their path to recovery. Because they can also dispense Suboxone and Naltrexone, methadone clinics could be called substance use disorder services (SUDS). Because methadone is the main medication that is dispensed, these terms are now synonymous.
Methadone clinics were established for the sole purpose of dispensing medication used in medically assisted drugs therapy. A ‘methadone clinic’ as it is sometimes called, can also provide other medications like Suboxone or naltrexone.
Methadone maintenance therapy (MMT), for most people, requires daily doses. Patients are monitored closely for the first seven to ten days. Most people can then go to their methadone clinic every day for six months. If the individual has been following the treatment plan and the clinic’s expectations, they might be allowed to take some of their methadone home with them for a few days, or even weeks.
Methadone clinics are able to help those suffering from addiction to long-lasting recovery if they follow all protocols and stick to the prescribed dose. Studies have shown that MMT can lead to positive lifestyle changes, such as a decrease in crime and transmission of diseases.
Methadone, which has been in use since 1947, is the opioid treatment that has had the longest history. There are many studies that support the effectiveness of methadone in reducing opioid abuse. Some of these are listed in the graph below. In 2009, a Cochrane review compared methadone-based (methadone plus psychological treatment) with placebo and psychosocial treatment. It found that methadone treatment was more effective at reducing opioid abuse, opioid-associated transmission of infection, and crime. Methadone-treated patients had 33% fewer opioid-positive drug test results and were 4.44 times more likely than those in control groups to remain in treatment. Even if methadone is not administered regularly, it significantly improves outcomes. Long-term outcomes (beyond six months) are much better for patients who receive methadone regardless of how often they are consulted.
Suboxone clinics can be described as medication-assisted therapy (MAT) centers. These centers offer outpatient rehabilitation and combine behavioral therapy with prescription medication to treat opioid addiction. To prevent relapse, Suboxone doctors will prescribe buprenorphine-based medication like Suboxone or Sublocade. Patients can live a happy, healthy life with the help of behavioral therapy.
For those suffering from an addiction to opioids, medication-assisted treatment using Suboxone or other buprenorphine drugs is highly effective. You are most likely a candidate for treatment if you have been diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorder.
It is important to remember that Suboxone can be taken while you are taking it. However, alcohol and benzodiazepines are dangerous. There is a greater risk of developing respiratory failure if you take Suboxone while drinking alcohol.
Suboxone treatment is a substitute for pain pills and street opioids. It’s a prescription medication from a licensed practitioner that partially fills your brain’s opioid receptors. Patients do not develop a tolerance because it only partially fills the receptors. This is a key distinguishing feature of methadone. Patients can resume their lives after they are stable on their medication.
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